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Joystick Dreams: Shooting for Pro Status

Video games aren't usually fun for Chad Bowman. They're certainly not relaxing. They are a vigorous means to an end, a focused and occasionally strenuous form of training for a greater goal. That goal is to earn his professional status in Major League Gaming. The means is Halo 3, a futuristic war game that is as complex as it is important in competitive video gaming circles.

Bowman, a senior at Glacier High School, is a member of the four-person videogaming team named Immortal Persistence. The others are Justin Murray, a freshman at Glacier, his older brother Jesse Murray, a senior at Glacier, and Andrew Gorton, who graduated from Flathead High School last year. They play Halo 3 up to 60 hours per week, referring to the time spent as training.

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